Hey gamers and gamers-to-be! Tomorrow is Free RPG Day, that magical day when you can head down to your local game store to pick up some free swag and play in a game or two. This is an international event, and you can look up your closest participating store on the website.
To give you an idea of what to expect, some of the biggest RPG companies give out mini-adventures and starter’s guides to their games. Each store receives a different mix, but this year you might get a Quickstart guide to Cosmic Patrol, a retro sci fi game put out by Catalyst Game Labs, or one for the superhero Valiant Universe, if you want to mix your comics with your gaming. This Quickstart will let you try out the game without buying the full game. Or you might be able to snag a Steve Jackson bookmark with a unique rule to use while playing Munchkin, or an adventure for Kobolds Ate My Baby, a tongue-in-cheek game where you play the bad guys instead of the heroes. Paizo, the owner of fantasy RPG Pathfinder, always puts out at least one adventure, and Pelgrane Press has a 13th Age/Night’s Black Agents combined flipbook. Hunt down vampires? Why, don’t mind if I do!
In addition to the goodies available, this is a great time to play in a game. Most local game stores have events going all day, with special guests, prizes, and scheduled games. For example, my local store has games running one after another, including Numenera, Star Wars Edge of Empire, and Pathfinder. One of my friends is organizing the events at her local store, and they have over seven different systems available to play. So if there’s a game you’ve wanted to try but haven’t had a chance, an old favorite you rarely get to play, or if you just want to dip your toe in the tabletop role playing waters for the first time, Saturday will be a lovely day.